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More spring book shortlists and nominees are announced. The PLA Galley guide is here. The Authors Guild has a grim report on “The Profession of the Author in the 21st Century.” Elle fires author E. Jean Carroll.

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New Bestsellers

[Links for the week: NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers | NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers | USA Today Best-Selling Books]

There are only two new bestsellers this week, one fiction, one nonfiction, and both from the NYT lists:


Weather by Jenny Offill (Knopf) opens at No. 10 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.


Nature's Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard by Douglas W. Tallamy (Timber Press: Workman) offers key advice at No. 14 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.








The Aspen Words Literary Prize finalists are announced. NPR has details.

The L.A. Times Book Prize finalists are announced. Also, the first inaugural Ray Bradbury Prize finalists are out from the L.A. Times. Tor.com has a report.

The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children's Book Awards longlists are announced.

The Bernstein 2020 Shortlist is announced. This is the NYPL's Journalism Award.

The Reading the West Book Awards announces its nominees.


The NYT reviews Apeirogon by Colum McCann (Random House; LJ starred review): “a jazz-hands novel … only tossing around pillows.”

The L.A. Times reviews Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman’s Search for Justice in Indian Country by Sierra Crane Murdoch (Random House; LJ starred review): “It’s a remarkable accomplishment ... Murdoch reports the hell out of it … I like its sprawl, which allows this true-crime story — and it is a great true-crime story — to reach for broader horizons.”

Book Marks has “5 Reviews You Need To Read This Week.”

Briefly Noted

LJ’s Barbara Hoffert offers her galley roundup for PLA. Even if you are not going to PLA it is a great resource for collection development and to see what big books and small gems are ahead for RA work (and for more see also LJ's various spring picks pieces).

USA Today names the “Best books of 2020 so far.”

Paste selects the “10 Best New Audiobooks of February 2020.”

Popsugar picks “15 True-Crime Books That Will Make 2020 Your Most Paranoid Year Ever.”

Tor.com excerpts a story by Ken Liu from The Hidden Girl and Other Stories (Gallery/Saga: S. & S.).

Time excerpts Unfree Speech: The Threat to Global Democracy and Why We Must Act, Now by Joshua Wong with Jason Y. Ng (Penguin).

The NYT has an essay, with original art, entitled “Why Tales of Female Trios Are Newly Relevant."

Tor.com offers books in which “Badass Librarians Fight for Our Future in 2020.”

The Washington Post features The Lost Girls: Love and Literature in Wartime London by D. J. Taylor (Pegasus: W.W. Norton).

The Washington Post profiles Daniel M. Lavery, who has a new book out under his former name Daniel Mallory Ortberg, Something That May Shock and Discredit You (Atria: S. & S.).

The L.A. Times profiles Charles Yu, Interior Chinatown (Pantheon: Random House).

Vanity Fair features Jenny Offill, Weather (Knopf).

Sally Rooney answers the NYT “By the Book” questions. Also in the paper, Diane Keaton, Brother & Sister: A Memoir (Knopf), is the subject of the “Inside the List” column.

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is co-writing a book, No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention (Penguin), out in May. Also, Marvel is creating a new British superhero team, called The Union. The Hollywood Reporter has both stories.

The Hollywood Reporter writes that author “E. Jean Carroll Says Elle Magazine Fired Her After She Accused Trump of Rape.”

Reading choices play a role in the Harvey Weinstein trial, as his lawyers try to remove a juror based on her Goodreads account and her choice of books “on predatory older men.” The particular book in question is My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell (William Morrow: Harper). Vulture reports. The Guardian has a story as well.

The Atlantic covers deathfic, fan fiction in which the authors kill off characters.

In Slate, Laura Lippman writes about her love for Spelling Bee.

#Belletriststacked features Jenny Han.

The Authors Guild has a report on “The Profession Of Author In The 21st Century.” It is both a reminder, an eye-opener, and a call to action.

School Library Journal writes “Compassion Fatigue Takes its Toll.” LitHub has picked up the story.

Authors on Air

Hulu is adapting The Holdout by Graham Moore. James Lee Burke’s short story "Winter Light" is headed to the movies, starring Thandie Newton. Screen rights for All This Time by Mikki Daughtry and Rachael Lippincott sells to Lionsgate for six figures. The book comes out in October. Janet McTeer and David Oyelowo will star in The President Is Missing, based on the novel by President Bill Clinton and James Patterson. In more casting news, Angus Sampson and Kiele Sanchez will star in The Lincoln Lawyer, based on Michael Connelly’s series. Dame Harriet Walter will feature in Ridley Scott’s adaptation of Eric Jager’s The Last Duel. Already signed up are Matt Damon, Jodie Comer, Adam Driver and Ben Affleck. Cuckold, by rapper and comedian Dóri DNA, sells film rightsDeadline has details.

Dev Patel will star in the adaptation of Flash Crash, based on the forthcoming book by Liam Vaughan. The Hollywood Reporter has the story.

PBS NewsHour features Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson (Ecco: Harper).

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews David Enrich, Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction (Custom House: Harper; LJ starred review).

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Neal Wyatt


Neal Wyatt is LJ’s readers’ advisory columnist, contributing The Reader’s Shelf, Book Pulse, and Wyatt’s World columns. She is the coauthor of The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction, 3d ed. (ALA Editions, 2019). Contact her at nwyatt@mediasourceinc.com

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